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第十七部 第四課: dud , oomph

 
  • Larry 準備在公司匯報工作。事先想請李華幫他聽聽,看報告內容能不能吸引人。李華今天要學兩個常用語。一個是 dud,另一個是 oomph
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  • Thanks for agreeing to listen to my presentation, Li Hua. I really don't want it to be a dud.
  • Larry, 什麼是 "dud" 呀 ?
  • Oh, A dud D-U-D is something or someone that doesn't live up to expectations and is a disappointment.
  • Dud就是讓人失望的意思。你是不是想讓我幫你聽聽,你的報告能不能吸引人啊?
  • Right! I want my presentation to be lively and interesting. If it is boring and difficult to understand, it will be a dud.
  • 願意為您效勞!不過Larry, 你這人這麼幽默,不用聽我就知道,你的報告肯定不會枯燥無味的。
  • You never know. I once worked with a woman who I thought was really funny, and at work we really got along. But then we went on a date, and it was a real dud.
  • 你們約會的問題出在哪裡呢?
  • It turns out that we didn't have much in common except work.
  • 噢,我知道了,你們倆這叫缺少共同語言。That date really does sound like a dud.
  • What about you Li Hua? Have you every gone out with a guy who was a real dud?
  • Dud也能指人啊。那要這麼說,我可是遇到過真正的dud.
  • How was this guy a dud, Li Hua?
  • 他長得特別帥,可是我們倆出去吃飯,他從頭到尾都在沒完沒了地講他自己,根本不問問我喜歡些什麼。That date was a real dud.
  • Kind of like a firecracker that doesn't go off! We also call fireworks that don't go off "duds."
  • 沒錯,我們管不響的爆竹叫「啞炮」。我最喜歡放炮了,特別是春節的時候... Larry, 你幹嘛呢?
  • I am trying to get the slide projector to work. It looks like the light bulb is a dud!
  • 那就別擺弄幻燈了。我光聽就行了。
  • Okay, let's get started. Please be honest, Li Hua, and don't be afraid to tell me if you think my presentation is a dud.
  • 你放心,我一定怎麼想就怎麼說。
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  • So, what do you think, Li Hua? Does my presentation need more oomph?
  • Oomph? 這又是什麼詞啊!怎麼這麼難說。
  • It is like "oom" from the word room, followed by an "F" sound. Say it after me, Li Hua. Oomph!
  • (Imitating)"oom", "oom-f". Oomph, oomph 是什麼意思啊?
  • When I asked if my presentation needed more oomph, I was asking if it needed something extra to make it more lively or interesting.
  • 噢,你是說可以加點兒什麼,讓你的報告更精彩是吧。老實說,Larry, 我覺得有的地方確實有點兒枯燥,需要加點兒oomph.
  • How do you think I could give my presentation more oomph, Li Hua?
  • 比方說,你一上來可以先講個笑話,吸引聽眾的注意。然後講到一半兒有人開始走神的時候,你可以再講個你自己工作中的真實經歷,最好是幹過的什麼傻事。這樣你的報告就能更生動了。
  • That's very good advice, Li Hua. I think doing those things will give my presentation the extra oomph it needs.
  • 好,那現在換我了。我最近給中文課設計了一個網頁。你也幫我看看,要不要也加點兒oomph.
  • Sure. I'm happy to look at it and tell you if it needs more oomph.
  • (Typing on keyboard...)
  • Okay, here it is. Larry, 你覺得怎麼樣?
  • Wow, Li Hua! Maybe your website has a little too much oomph!
  • Oomph 還會太多嗎?
  • Well, you used orange and pink together on the same page. Those colors make it hard to read.
  • 粉紅色和桔黃色放在一起是太亮了,看上去眼睛有點兒不舒服,那我換換其它顏色吧。
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  • 今天李華學到了兩個常用語。一個是 dud, 意思是令人失望的。另一個是 oomph, 是吸引力的意思。
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